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For Immediate Release

Date: 02/04/11

Rep. Gary Plummer Selected to Chair Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee

AUGUSTA - State Rep. Gary Plummer has been appointed chairman of the Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety for the 125th Legislature.

This marks the fourth consecutive Legislature during which he has served on this key panel, which exercises jurisdiction over a broad range of law enforcement activities.

"I am very pleased to be returning to the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee," said Rep. Plummer (R-Windham). "My lengthy experience on this committee and with county government has been of great help to me in dealing with corrections and public safety issues. With the budget constraints we will face, we will need to work hard to make sure that every dollar is spent wisely and that public safety is not jeopardized. We have an outstanding group of legislators on this committee, and we're all looking forward to the new session."

State Sen. Garrett Mason (R-Androscoggin), a first-term legislator, has been named the Senate chair of the committee.

Rep. Plummer's appointment was made by House Speaker Robert Nutting. "Gary Plummer has been a dedicated member of this committee for six years and he knows the issues," said Speaker Nutting. "I have complete confidence in his ability to handle the job with efficiency and respect for all points of view."

The Maine Legislature has 16 joint standing committees, each composed of 13 members - three senators and 10 members of the House. Every committee has jurisdiction over clearly defined parts of state government.

The Criminal Justice Committee oversees the Department of Public Safety, the Maine criminal code, sentencing, adult and juvenile corrections, probation and parole, county jails and firearms. It also oversees private investigators, security guards, the Maine Emergency Management Agency, and such violations as operating under the influence and operating after suspension.

Rep. Plummer is a fourth-term legislator representing House District 111, which includes part of Windham. A retired teacher, he has served as a member of the Windham Town Council and as a Cumberland County commissioner. ###

Jay Finegan
Maine House Republicans
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